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Guide to Greene County, Ohio ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Xenia
Organized: May 1, 1803
Parent County(s): Hamilton, Ross[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clark  • Madison  • Fayette  • Clinton  • Warren  • Montgomery
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Courthouse
Greene County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for General Nathanael Greene, an officer in the Revolutionary War. It is located in the South-western area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Greene County Courthouse
45 N Detroit St
Xenia, OH 45385
Phone: 937-376-5290
Greene County Website

Probate Judge has birth records 1869-1908, marriage and probate records from 1803; Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1802; County Recorder has land records from 1803; County Auditor has tax records from 1803; County Health Department has birth records from 1908.[3]

Greene County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1869 1803 1870 1802 1803 1803 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [6]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Greene County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 5,870
1820 10,529 79.4%
1830 14,801 40.6%
1840 17,528 18.4%
1850 21,946 25.2%
1860 26,197 19.4%
1870 28,038 7.0%
1880 31,649 12.9%
1890 29,820 −5.8%
1900 31,613 6.0%
1910 29,733 −5.9%
1920 31,221 5.0%
1930 33,259 6.5%
1940 35,863 7.8%
1950 58,892 64.2%
1960 94,642 60.7%
1970 125,057 32.1%
1980 129,769 3.8%
1990 136,731 5.4%
2000 147,886 8.2%
2010 161,573 9.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Miami Valley Genealogical Index at Preble County District Library is an Index to more than a half-million pointers to records all over Miami Valley including Greene County.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Greene County newspapers often contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the Greene County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954, while the Ohio History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Greene County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Greene County Records Center & Archives
535 Ledbetter Rd
Xenia, OH 45385
937-562-6489
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Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Greene County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.
Xenia Community Library
76 East Market St
Xenia OH 45385
937-352-4000
Email: comments@gcpl.lib.oh.us
Website

Greene County Public Library
Email: comments@gcpl.lib.oh.us
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Greene County Ohio Historical Society
74 West Church St
Xenia, OH 45385
937-372-4606
E-Mail:gchsxo@yahoo.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Greene County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

Ohio Genealogical Society
Greene County Chapter
76 East Market Street
Xenia, OH 45385
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/greene/ accessed 2/16/2017
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_County,_Ohio, accessed 11 December 2018.